Keith Belmore, DAT, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Clinical Coordinator and Associate Teaching Professor in Mizzou’s Athletic Training Program, will assume the role of Program Director following DC Colt’s retirement, and as the program transitions to a master’s level curriculum next year.
DC Colt took over the Athletic Training Program in 2014 and, along with outstanding faculty, built a robust, accredited program that provides high-quality clinical education, preparing graduates to thrive as athletic trainers at all levels. Colt has announced his intention to retire at the end of this academic year saying “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve as the program director, and it’s exciting to me that Keith Belmore will lead the program to new levels. His education, experience and vision make him the perfect choice to move the program forward.”
Belmore has been a part of the program faculty since 2013 and has been instrumental in enhancements to clinical education and partnerships, interprofessional education initiatives, and the development and approval of the conversion to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) curriculum. “The transition to the MAT creates an opportunity to rethink how athletic training education is delivered. The resulting curricular and clinical enhancements will provide students the skills and knowledge to be successful athletic trainers in today’s health care landscape,” Belmore said.
The focus on collaboration and clinical education and partnerships will remain central to the program under Belmore’s leadership. “With the professional athletic training degree moving to the graduate level, the program will be better aligned with peer programs in the School of Health Professions, further enhancing interprofessional education opportunities that create collaboration-ready practitioners,” Belmore said.
Further, the graduate program gives students two immersive clinical education experiences that will allow students to enhance their patient care skills in a variety of practice settings including college, secondary schools, performing arts, industrial settings and tactical medicine. Belmore expects to continue essential partnerships with Mizzou Athletics, MU Health, Columbia College and others, while expanding opportunities across the state and the country. “We’ve had tremendous support and partnership from athletic trainers and physicians at all levels,” Belmore said.
For more information about the University of Missouri Athletic Training Program, visit https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/athletic-training/